The Branigan Cultural Center and the Bureau of Land Management are partnering with nearly a dozen agencies and archaeologists for its fourth annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, March 16 from 10am to 2pm.
Children can learn about the connections to the land by participating in many hands on activities like using natural pigments for dying fiber, learning about Native American waffle gardens or throwing an atalatl at a mammoth.
Participants will be able to make yucca bracelets, grind corn, hear a Native American storyteller, dye fabric with natural pigments, coil a clay pot, meet archaeologists, watch flint-knapping, and learn about water conservation. There will also be a book display related to archaeology and several archaeologists and preservationists on hand to share their knowledge with participants
The partners working with the Branigan Cultural Center and the Bureau of Land Management to present Archaeology Day include the City of Las Cruces, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature and Science, the US Forest Service, CARTA, New Mexico State Parks, United States Forest Service, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, as well as numerous individuals working in the archaeology and historic preservation fields.
The Branigan Cultural Center is located downtown next to the Museum of Art at 501 N. Main Street. Admission to the program and galleries is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit las-cruces.org/museums.